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It has now become a common trend for a lot of successful Nigerian celebrities to resort to carving a niche for themselves in politics .

During the weekend in Lagos State ,a high flyer Nigerian musician; an A-class celebrity in the Creative Industry , Mr. Olubankole Wellington , popularly know as ” Banky W” , announced his intention to contest for the House of Representatives seat on the platform of Modern Democratic Party, (MDP).

Banky W , an actor, song writer and music director known for his advocacy and passion for voters’ education, disclosed that he would contest the race to represent Eti-Osa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives come 2019.

He made this declaration at the political convention of the Modern Democratic Party MDP; a political party founded in 2017 by a consortium of youth associations.

The MDP is one of the political parties whose total number of candidates for the 2019 presidential and national assembly elections are in the single digit bracket. The Modern Democratic Party (MDP) and the Youth Party (YP) have two nominees each for the House of Representatives.

The MDP is led by Prince Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi, a 27 year-old youth activist and entrepreneur. The party alongside other 21 political parties received their certificates of registration from the INEC last January.

Applauded by friends and associates in Nigeria’s creative industry, Wellington, 37, will run for a seat in the House of Representatives in Eti-Osa where he said there was need for renewed hope and results, just like the rest of Nigeria.

He said, “We want to fix Nigeria, but we must begin by rebuilding our communities. Everybody seems so obsessed with the presidential race – it’s one of the most frequent suggestions I get, ‘Banky W, run for President.’

“I do believe in dreaming big, but I believe in starting small, and working your way up. And so, we are dreaming and building towards 2023 and beyond, but we are starting now. Hope is what we needed in ’93. Twenty- five years later, hope is what we need in 2019.”


Expressing resolute optimism, Wellington said, ‘‘Our generation needs a realistic rallying point. We need to begin in community, earn our way into the system and up the ladder.


“We need someone to stick their neck out and pave the way. The problem is that we have always looked to our leaders for change. Instead, look in the mirror and look around you. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for all along.

“I have shared this vision with quite a few people. Some have been incredibly supportive, but some have advised against it. I am under no illusions that this run will be easy. Considering who we are going up against, this is almost impossible.

“They said we do not have the money to run. we say our strength lies in our numbers. They said we do not have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose? I say, what if we win?”


The declaration event was attended by many professionals, celebrities, fans and citizens; with speeches by Jumoke Adenowo, Founder of AD Consulting & Awesome Treasures Foundation, Pastor Poju Oyemade, Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, MI Abaga, CEO of Chocolate City, Maryam Laushi, National Publicity Secretary of Modern Democratic Party (MDP) and Olateru-Olagbegi, Founder and Chairman of the Modern Democratic Party.

Meanwhile , with his entrance into the murky waters of our politics , Banky W has added to the number of many Nigerian celebrities that are either vying for political positions even as others are already holding public trusts through appointment .

Entertainment on 4thEstateReporters.com has presented the first five celebrities into politics :

√ Desmond Eliot , a season actor and producer in the Nigerian movie industry contested for a seat into the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2015 and won .
Today , he is representing Surulele 01 State Constituency in the State House of Assembly .

√ Richard Mofe Damijo : Nollywood veteran actor , was appointed commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State under the Emmanuel Uduaghan led Administration .

The celebrated actor added vibe to that ministry as he held sway from 2009 till 2015.

√ Mercy Johnson -Okojie :
On 15th March , 2017 ; the Nollywood star actress was appointed Senior Special Assistant on Entertainment on governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

√ Bob- Manuel Uduokwu : Nollywood veteran actor contested for a seat in the Idemili North of Anambara State in 2015 .

√ Kate Henshaw : Veteran actress contested the PDP primaries in Cross River State but did not win .

However , in December 2015 , she was appointed Special Adviser to the Cross River state government Lagos Liaison officer .


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